FIFA Fines Beckenbauer


Germany’s World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been warned and fined by FIFA’s ethics committee.

Beckenbauer had been provisionally banned for “failing to co-operate” with FIFA’s inquiry into the bidding processes for 2018 and 2022 World Cups, won by Russia and Qatar respectively.

The 70-year-old was one of 22 men who voted to decide the tournament hosts.

FIFA says he did not co-operate during an in-person interview and in response to written questions.

Beckenbauer, who FIFA said subsequently demonstrated a willingness to co-operate, was fined 7,000 Swiss Francs (£4,900).

FIFA did not look into matters relating to the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

Beckenbauer was head of the tournament’s organising committee which, reports alleged, made a payment to FIFA in return for a financial grant.

In October, he said he made a “mistake” in the bidding process but denied votes were bought.